Robert Kessler, 89, WWII vet, Frank Ix mill worker

By on August 29, 2012

Robert Winfield Kessler, 89, a lifelong resident of Bowmansville, died Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Ephrata Community Hospital.

Born in Bowmansville, he was the son of the late Adam and Elsie (Harting) Kessler.

Following graduation from New Holland High School, he served in the Army during World War II with Darby’s Rangers Co. F 3rd Battalion. He was a lifetime member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ and was active in various Masonic organizations. He had been employed for 47 years at the former Frank Ix & Sons Silk Mill.

Surviving is a sister: Marguerite Hunchberger, of Hershey; two nieces: Cosette Rhodes, of Hummelstown; and Kay Lingle, of Lancaster; a nephew: Robert H. Kessler, of Leola; a grand nephew: Gregory Rhodes; and a grand niece: Wendy Lingle.

He was preceded in death by a brother: A. Clair Kessler; and by a twin brother.

His service was held on Aug. 27 at the Bowmansville Union Cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers. If desired, memorials may be sent to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 177, 133 Church St., Bowmansville, PA 17507.

The Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences and remembrances may be posted at

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